No matter where you go and how old you get, there will always be times when you would experience a sudden craving for some home-cooked goodness. Luckily for Quezon City residents, restaurants that offer a wide array of Filipino dishes amid a homey ambiance are quite aplenty. Here we list down the top 10 restaurants that would remind you of home and mom’s home-cooked dishes.
1. Adarna Food and Culture
119 Kalayaan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City
Known for its historical, regional, and heirloom Filipino cuisine, Adarna Food and Culture is the first thing that comes to mind when one experiences a sudden craving for authentic Filipino dishes--- the kind that only mothers and grandmothers can perfectly emulate. Don’t forget to try the decadent, the succulent, and the name-forgetting Adobong Batangas with Tablea. Aside from the food, Adarna is also renowned for its ambiance and interior design. It almost seems like your portal to old Philippines. Stepping inside the restaurant is like stepping inside a small museum consisting of old wooden furniture and cultural and historical memorabilia. It even has a sari-sari store inside selling popular Filipino candies and sweets.
2. Lola Café
99 Scout Lozano, Quezon City
Tucked away in Scout Lozano is a charming ancestral house-turned-restaurant called Lola (pronounced as Low-La) Café. Despite the fact that the restaurant is well-hidden and there’s minimal (if none at all) marketing and promotion done, Lola Café has managed to develop a huge following of foodies and residents of Quezon City due to its homey and rustic appeal, not to mention its wide selection of Filipino dishes that would definitely take you back to your childhood days and mom’s home-cooked meals.
3. The Porch by Casa Verde
113 Anonas Extension, Cubao, Quezon City
Aptly named The Porch by Casa Verde, the main feature of this restaurant is its huge porch perfect for al fresco dining. It serves famous home-style comfort food like burgers, sandwiches, pasta, and even ribs and steaks. The restaurant would instantly remind you of home if only because of its warm and comfortable ambiance coupled with the pleasant interior design. After wolfing down a burger and a whole slab of steak, make sure to order the Death by Chocolate Ice Cream Cake. If that won’t spell comfort for you, nothing else will.
11th Jamboree St. cor. Sct. Rallos St., Laging Handa, Quezon City
If you suddenly develop a strong craving for Ilocano dishes, Victorino’s is the perfect place to go. Owned by Ilocos Sur Vice Governor DV Savellano, his sister Queenie Paras, and family friend Chef Heny Sison, Victorino’s is a charismatic and cozy house-turned-restaurant that specializes in Filipino-Ilocano dishes. There’s no other Ilocano Filipino restaurant in Quezon City that brings you the true flavors of the Ilocos region within reach. Not to be missed are the Ilocano dishes like poqui-poqui, kinirog, and the crowd favorite bagnet with KBL (kamatis, bagoong, and lasona).
5. Pino Resto Bar
13 Malingap Street, Quezon City
Another restaurant that has been around for quite some time and has achieved a stellar reputation among foodies is Pino Resto Bar. It is home to creative Filipino cuisine with a twist. One of the most popular and widely-ordered dishes at Pino Resto Bar is the kare-kareng bagnet.
6. Roberta Flavors of Asia
45b Maginhawa Street, Quezon City
Roberta Flavors of Asia serves Asian fusion dishes amid a homey and comfortable backdrop. The menu is an interesting mix of Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and even Thai cuisine. Must-tries are: tinola sa pakwan and the appetizer plate trio consisting of fried tawilis, crispy isaw, and chicken skin.
7. Nuezca Café
53 Maginhawa Street corner Mahusay Street, Quezon City
Nuezca Café is the latest addition to the roster of restaurants in Maginhawa Street. It’s hard not to notice the restaurant because of its huge balcony area. It also has a garden area perfect for al fresco dining. Nuezca Café serves MSG-free and home-grown organize Filipino dishes. The café’s butterflied tilapia is a favorite of many.
8. Romulo Café
32 Scout Tuason St. cor. Scout Lazcano, Quezon City
Owned by the grandchildren of the late Carlos P. Romulo, Romulo Café offers authentic Filipino comfort food. The restaurant’s menu not only carries traditional Filipino cuisine, but also boasts of the family’s heirloom recipes. A personal favorite is Lola Virginia’s Chicken Relleno, one bite can send you flying to your mom’s kitchen on a Sunday afternoon.
9. Wooden Spoon
329 Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Wooden Spoon is owned by seasoned Chef Sandy Daza, the heir of the legendary Filipino Food Cook Book author Nora Daza. Named after the iconic wooden spoon the chef uses in his cooking show, Wooden Spoon has a fine and wide selection of authentic Filipino dishes. Don’t miss the creamy and savory crab pansit, the flavorful tostadong adobo, dinakdak na lechon, and pechay stuffed with smoked fish.
10. Mixxx Vigan’s Best
48 Maginhawa Street, Quezon City
When you experience a sudden craving for home-cooked comfort meals, sometimes all you need is some good ol’, fuss-free, and no-frills silog (sinangag at itlog) coupled with tapa, tocino, longganisa, or even sardines you used to have for breakfast at home. One establishment stands out when it comes to offering the best silogs in the city plus more: Mixxx Vigan’s Best, a small and unimposing eatery that serves silogs along with other Ilocano specialties like Vigan longganisa, bagnet, and dinakdakan.